Tips for filling in application forms

 

  • Photocopy the form so you have a spare one to practice on. Complete the draft form the same way as you would do the original form.  Once you are happy, transfer the information from the draft version to the original form.
  • Always check the instructions for filling in the application form. Be mindful about instructions like ‘use black in’ or ‘write in capital letters’.  Application forms are photocopied and your writing will come out much clearer on the copies if it’s in black ink.
  • Make sure you spell the name of the company correctly. If there’s a reference number or job title, make sure you put the right reference and the correct job title down.
  • Answer all questions and fill in all the boxes. If a question is not relevant, then put ‘non-applicable or ‘N/A’.  Don’t leave anything blank-the employer may think that you either don’t understand the question or can’t follow simple instructions.
  • Include skills that you have developed outside work/school/college that are linked to the job you are applying for.
  • If there are any gaps in your employment history, say what you were doing during the time. For example; bringing up your children or voluntary work.
  • If you have a disability and the application form specifically asks you to state it, then do so. If you’re not sure, look at the section on disclosing your disability on an application form.
  • Have a copy of your CV next to you so you can refer to the information on your CV to fill in the form quickly and efficiently. Some sections of the CV can be copied or adapted to the application form and the role that you are applying for.
  • When writing a list, consider using bullet points. It’s practical and stands out more.
  • Before you transfer the information from the draft copy to the original form, check the information is correct. Check that all sections are adequately filled in and that there are no empty boxes or spaces.